Free League Publishing Interview: Crafting Systems and the New LotR Edition


We spoke with the co-founder and CEO of Free League Publishing to discuss their latest projects.

Free League Publishing is one of the biggest names in the TTRPG world. With a slew of original and licensed games under their belt, Free League Publishing is the creative force behind many beloved tabletop experiences. We spoke with the company’s co-founder to find out more about what’s going on in their latest projects.

Shacknews Head of Video Greg Burke sat down with Free League Publishing Co-Founder and CEO Thomas Härenstam to discuss the company’s latest creative initiatives. In the interview, Härenstam talked about The One Ring, the Free League’s Lord of the Rings game. It will soon receive a 5e update, bringing it in line with other modern TTRPGs. “It’s a complete overhaul and follow-up to the second edition of The One Ring,” says Härenstam. He goes on to say that it was important for the team to capture the Tolkein vibe when working on the game.

We also asked the CEO to create the books that serve as an aid to the TTRPGs. “It’s a big process…I think Alien and Bladerunner took at least about two years.” He explained that there’s a big brainstorming and research process from the start, which includes playing a lot of games and studying other titles.

The full conversation with Härenstam is an insightful look at what goes on behind the scenes at one of the most prolific companies in the TTRPG space. If you enjoyed the interview, we have a whole library of similar content to check out on the Shacknews and GamerHubTV YouTube channels, where you should also subscribe for future content.

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Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland who loves acting. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mother’s desk on the weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the first Star Wars Battlefront 2 were among the most influential titles in sparking his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He’s a huge Star Wars nerd and movie fanatic who will talk to you about movies and games all day long. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_


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